Verena McBee’s Sextet
is performing & celebrating the music by Jazz Bassist & GRAMMY award winner Cecil McBeeon his 85th birthday
The bassist & composer sees his new work ‘U-PHORIA’ debuted in the voice of Verena McBee & her quintet with himself as conductor and director.
Cecil McBee‘s music is explorative post be-bop jazz initially written only for instruments.
Vocalist Verena McBee composed vocal versions and added the lyrics.
UPHORIA is the title of the group’s most recent album (released in Nov 2018), which is certainly is not a regular standard album… the harmonies are rich and complex, the melodies and improvisations explorative & adventurous and the lyrics sung by the deeply committed lyricist with an equally committed ensemble.
Some of the new versions of McBee’s compositions have been previously recorded as instrumentals
by jazz giants, such as ‘Charles Lloyd Quartet’, the ‘Saxophone Summit’ and ‘The COOKERS’.
Verena McBee’s Sextet:
Verena McBee – Vocals & Arrangements
Ben Sutin – Violin
Jeremy Powell – Soprano & Tenor Saxophones
Takaaki Otomo – Piano
Zwelakhe Duma Bell LePere – Bass
Mario Fabrizio – Drums.
“The album is a testament to the creativity of Verena, her ability to navigate the distinctly avant-garde melodies originally created by husband Cecil, which highlight her interpretative abilities is enlightened. Her lyrics are equally of a creative ilk, and the pairing of both McBee’s results in a richly auditory experience.”
“Sound in Review” by Shannon Smith, 03/11/2019
“Verena McBee might be the wife of famed bassist Cecil McBee, but the vocalist is burgeoning her own career with an Avant slant.”
“5-Finger-Review” by Elberton Cisnero, 12/23/2018